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Wednesday, May 26, 2004


New York Times Discovers Blogs 




In an age where major newspapers have 24 hour newsrooms and compete with each other to provide the most timely updates, the New York Times looks askance at bloggers who do the same. By using obviously ridiculous anecdotal evidence of people going to extreme measures, Katie Hafner dismisses blogging as a "novelty."

Perhaps it is not surprising that the New York Times is trying to discredit a method of people sharing information and news while bypassing established institutional vehicles of news gathering. Sure, some people overly obsess over their blogs and some do tire of continuously posting on a regular basis. But, I don't think it's worse than when major newspapers outright lie, misrepresent themselves by asserting objectivity and plagiarize the works of others.

The New York Times is "obsessive" in its quest to maintain its preeminent position in market share. It's very own website now publishes articles, like this one in question, before they appear in print the next day. The New York Times is a 24 hour operation. The beauty of people being able to run their own blog is that they get to say what they wish they saw in the New York Times. And that just might be the real problem.

Here are some items from the NY Times article, For some, the blogging never stops.

For some, it becomes an obsession. Such bloggers often feel compelled to write several times daily and feel anxious if they don't keep up. As they spend more time hunkered over their computers, they neglect family, friends and jobs. They blog at home, at work and on the road.
For many bloggers, the novelty soon wears off and their persistence fades. Sometimes, too, the realization that no one is reading sets in. A few blogs have thousands of readers, but never have so many people written so much to be read by so few.


I wonder if this next line applies to newspapers. . .
For it seems that the more popular a blog becomes, the more some bloggers feel the need to post.


Ah, here we go. It should be called "internet booze." Or, how about "internet crack."
Where some frequent bloggers might label themselves merely ardent, Mr. Pierce is more realistic. "I wouldn't call it dedicated, I would call it a problem," he said. "If this were beer, I'd be an alcoholic."


What are you doing, you should be reading the Sunday Times!
When traffic to the blog, greg.abstract.ch started to rise, he began devoting half a day every day and much of the weekend to it. Mr. Rothfuss said he has few memories of that period in his life aside from the compulsive blogging.


The link: For some, the blogging never stops.

Update: People are blogging about the people who are writing about the people who blog; A Small Victory, Daniel Drezner, TalkLeft, Pandagon, Jozjozjoz, Crescat Sentatia, Secular Blasphemy, Conversations with Dina, Peking Duck, Unfogged, RantingProfs, and Random Thoughts, Niraj.

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BOLO- "Be On The Look Out" for the EMTV WRITING CONTEST!! 

Here are pictures of the 7 most wanted terrorists that the FBI, Robert Mueller and John Ashcroft are actively seeking. There's another side to this Dirty Seven. No, they are not Kerry volunteers.

EMTV has just unveiled the cast of its latest reality show, "The Real World: Kabul." Here's EMTV's press release along with cast photos. . .

"This is the true story of seven terrorists picked to live in a hideout and have their miserable lives taped. Find out what happens when thugs stop being polite and start getting real. The Real World: Kabul."

Amer El-Maati Aafia Siddiqui
Adnan G. El Shukrijumah Fazul Abdullah Mohammed
Adam Yahiye Gadahn This is what he wrote for USC's Muslim Students Association in 1995.
Abderraouf Jdey Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani

EMTV's writers are having problems figuring out who is what kind of character (the angry one, the angrier one, or the angriest one). Can you help out EMTV write a quick summary for Episode 1? Winners are announced Monday night!!

Update:
Here are the others writing about these crazy kids; Right Side Redux, Broken Masterpieces, A Collection of Thoughts, Mark Kilmer, Bill Hobbs, Serenity's Journal, SlantPoint, Miller's Time, , , . Plus, check out the Beltway Traffic Jam

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DAILY 7: NY TIMES BITES NY POST; FRED BARNES & MICHAEL MOORE; CHINA RADAR BUY; JOANNA LEES AFFAIR; SOWELL ON KERRY; BLANKLEY ON BUSH; COLORADO  


The 9/11 Commission was looking for Lloyd Thompson. The New York Post found him, and so the New York Times said he "emerged."

ALL THE NEWS FIT TO COPY: The 9/11 Commission was not able to locate a key witness who has information about why a FDNY radio channel was thought to have failed in the World Trade Center South Tower. The NYPost reported on Friday, in an exclusive, that they located and interviewed this witness, Lloyd Thompson. However, the New York Times reported on Sunday that Thompson had "emerged." The New York Times did not credit the Post for finding Thompson.

NYPOST, FRIDAY, MAY 21: 9/11 RADIO DAZE:
May 21, 2004 -- A World Trade Center fire safety officer the 9/11 commission couldn't find — but who could shed light on why a crucial FDNY radio channel appeared to fail — is hiding in plain sight. Commission staffers were unable to find Thompson, who moved from The Bronx to Brooklyn after the terror strike and recently relocated to Westchester. But The Post found him hours after getting an old address and phone number from the widow of one of his co-workers. "Any of us could have been contacted for information about him," said Meryl Mayo, whose husband, an OCS employee, died in the attack. "I think they probably didn't try."


NYTIMES, SUNDAY, MAY 23: Man Sought by 9/11 Panel Emerges to Tell of Chaos:
For several months, the national commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks has been searching in vain for a man it believes could help answer some of the most critical questions of what happened inside the World Trade Center that day. His name is Lloyd Thompson, and for much of that morning two and a half years ago he was posted at the epicenter of chaos. Yesterday, weeks after the commission began sending him letters, interviewing former colleagues and checking with employers, Mr. Thompson emerged to tell his story. Contrary to what some investigators have speculated, Mr. Thompson said that he did not believe he ever touched the radio equipment known as a repeater, a device that amplifies the hand-held radios firefighters use.


ACCUSATION: FRED BARNES SAYS MICHAEL MOORE IS A LIAR

BOUNCED CZECH: BUSH ADMINISTRATION BLOCKING SALE OF RADAR SYSTEM TO CHINA

PETER FALCONIO MURDER: WAS JOANNA LEES HAVING AN AFFAIR

THOMAS SOWELL: KERRY'S OPPORTUNISM

TONY BLANKLEY ON BUSH'S SPEECH

THEY NEVER LEARN: GARY BARNETT TO RETURN AS COLORADO FOOTBALL COACH

Update:
Pointing out the Fred Barnes story on Michael Moore; LGF, Tim Blair, Pejmanesque, Powerline, Shark Blog, Secular Blasphemy, Croooow Blog.

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